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Writing the Dark Side of Maine

When Katie Lattari's debut thriller was released in September 2021, the book world took notice. The New York Times Book Review called “Dark Things I Adore” “stunning,” and it was Barnes and Noble's Mystery and Thriller Pick of the Month in July of 2022. This creepy revenge tale found its path to success in the state of Maine, just like its author. Over slices of pie at Dysart's, Lattari shared the of how she came to call Maine home for herself and for her novel. Lattari was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with her family to Maine at the age of 8, when the power of Maine's quiet, remote spaces set her imagination wild. She attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she enjoyed helping out with the English department's visiting writer series, then left Maine for graduate work in the midwest. She considered a return to New York, she said, but the allure of Maine's landscapes and the self-sufficiency inherent in Maine's people always drew her back. “Dark Things I Adore,” tells the story of a predatory professor who accompanies his student on a weekend away in the woods. Like Lattari herself, the book was first set in New York City, with its action taking place in the Catskills. Lattari then realized the setting wasn't remote enough for the atmosphere she sought, so she moved everything north. The city setting for her […]

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